Pakistan’s Cricket Schedule in 2019
They have seven full-fledged series in the upcoming year.
Published - Dec 28, 2018 4:17 pm | Updated - Dec 28, 2018 8:53 pm
Pakistan have had a topsy-turvy year in international cricket in 2018. Sarfraz Ahmed and Co are International Cricket Council’s (ICC) number-one ranked T20I team as they emerged victorious in 11 consecutive series under the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed. They won their recent home T20I series’ in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against Australia and New Zealand.
As far as Test cricket, they managed to roll over England at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and then beat the Aussies and Kiwis in one match each in UAE. Apart from that, they haven’t been consistent enough. In the longest format, they are ranked seventh. Even in ODI cricket, the Men in Green haven’t quite been able to string together wins on a consistent basis.
Pakistan failed to progress to the final of Asia Cup and were subsequently criticised significantly. They are ranked fifth in the 50-overs format. Going into 2019, Pakistan have a stern challenge ahead of them. Most importantly, they will take part in the 50-overs World Cup, starting Thursday, May 30, in England and Wales. But they also have quite a lot of other fixtures in the next year.
Here is the schedule
Pakistan tour of South Africa (January – February)
The Test series have already got underway with the opening match at SuperSport Park in Centurion. After the ODI series against South Africa, Pakistan are scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20Is and their tour end on Wednesday, February 06 with the final T20I in Centurion.
Australia tour of Pakistan (March)
Pakistan are scheduled to play a five-match ODI series against Australia and the series is likely to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March. Nevertheless, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying its heart out to make sure that the tournament takes place in Pakistan.
Pakistan tour of England (May)
The Men in Green will tour England for a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The ODI series will start on Wednesday, May 8 in London. Pakistan will consider the tour as a part of their preparations for the World Cup that follows soon after.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (May-June -July)
Pakistan last won the World Cup back in 1992 under Imran Khan’s leadership. In 1999, they qualified for the final in England itself but lost to Australia. In next edition’s World Cup, they will lock horns with Windies in their first match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday, May 31. They will also take on their arch-rivals India in the mega event.
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan (October)
Pakistan are scheduled to host Sri Lanka next year in the UAE for a two-match Test series in October. The dates for the fixtures are yet to be put forth by the cricket boards. Last time, the Lankans played against Pakistan in the UAE was in 2017 when they took part in a two-match Test series.
Pakistan tour of Australia (November–December)
After 2016-17, Pakistan would tour Australia for an ODI and T20I series. Even as the teams are scheduled to cross swords in three T20Is, there’s no word yet over the ODI series. Last time around, Pakistan had to bite the dust as Australia turned out to be thoroughly comprehensive.
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan (December)
Pakistan will tour Sri Lanka in their last series of the year. The two teams would take part in three T20Is and as many ODIs. It would also be an opportunity for Pakistan to end the year on a positive note.
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